California Department of Transportation

2012 Highway Safety Poster Contest Winners

Each year, Caltrans holds its annual Highway Safety poster contest. The contest is open to children and grandchildren of Caltrans employees, and it gives the children an opportunity to express their messages about the importance of driving safely in or near highway work zones, where their loved ones work in danger. It also allows them to be part of Caltrans' educational outreach and life-saving message.

The contest was open to children 17 years old or younger, and judges selected posters based on creativity, how well the poster conveyed the highway safety theme, and the use of color.

The winning posters appeared in the Annual Workers Memorial program and were on display at the ceremony.

Although the posters differ greatly in appearance, they all convey one of these important messages, "Slow for the Cone Zone" or "Move Over"

8 years old and under
Kaylynn Huynh

Kaylynn Huynh is 8 1/2 years old. She is a third grader at John Marshall Elementary School in Westminster, Orange County. Her mother is District 12 Transportation Engineer Kimberly Nguyen, and Kaylynn loves to visit Caltrans to see her mom at work. She always wants to meet the Cone Kid. Drawing is her favorite thing to do. She joined the Caltrans Poster Contest to show her skills and to send the message to every driver to "Slow for the Cone Zone and be Safe!"

9–11 years old
Ava Gomes

Ava Gomes is 10-year-old fifth grader at Fort Jones Elementary School in Fort Jones. She is the daughter of District 2 Seiad Valley Maintenance Supervisor Ryan Gomes. Ava has dreams of one day becoming a baker and opening her own cupcake shop. Ava is active in softball and likes spending time with her family and cousins. Ava wants to remind people to slow down and always drive safe, because her dad and his crews are out on the road.

12–14 years old

Selby Boerman is 14 years old and is homeschooled. Her father is Stephen Boerman, a Caltrans Equipment Operator II in District 2. She lives with her parents, sister, and a very good dog. Her favorite sports are basketball and swimming. Her favorite hobbies are playing Flight Simulator, WII and Angry Birds, as well as sewing. She also loves horses. Selby thinks it is very important for people to drive slowly through cone zones. Caltrans workers are working hard to help us, so we should respect them by going slow and not endangering their lives. It's not worth someone's life to go fast.

15–17 years old
Kristina Alvarez

Kristina Alvarez, is a 16-year-old high school junior and a very good student. Her grandfather is Dennis Costa, a Caltrans Equipment Operator in District 12. She volunteers in her community, sings in the adult choir, teaches Sunday school, and helps wherever she is needed. She is an important part of her community and family, and everyone enjoys her positive outlook, compassion, cheerful attitude and maturity. She feels this "Don’t Text and Drive" message is very relevant to the world right now, and everyone needs to pay attention to it. It is also a very important message that affects road workers and relates directly to the "Slow for the Cone Zone" slogan and motto. How can people pay attention to driving when they are using one (or both) hands to text, their eyes are looking down at the phone screen, and they are focusing away from the road and their surroundings? Driving a vehicle is a huge responsibility, and texting while driving puts everyone in danger and is the cause of crashes.

Poster Contest Honorable Mentions

Katelyn Bermudez
D6 - Lemoore

Lauren Harrington
D3 - Truckee

Hugo Mercado
D11 - Chula Vista

Catalina Nguyen
HQ - Sacramento

Madeline Tao
D7 - San Gabriel